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Ancelotti: Real Can Beat Anyone

Carlo Ancelotti proclaimed that Real Madrid has no one to fear following his team’s 1-0 win against defending European champion Bayern Munich on Wednesday. Madrid will take the one goal advantage to the Allianz Arena on Tuesday for the second-leg of the teams’ UEFA Champions League semifinal.

“Madrid, with the quality we have, can beat anyone,” Ancelotti said when questioned about his side’s record in big games. “It’s true that we haven’t done well at first [in the big games] but the work in this part of the season has helped us to have good results.”

Karim Benzema scored the only goal of a game in which Bayern had 72 percent of possession, but Ancelotti revealed that his team was set up to counterattack. “We created good chances because this team is formidable on the counter,” the Italian said. “Against Bayern it’s normal to use the counter and it means you have to defend well. The deeper you defend, the better. There was less pressure in the second-half.” He added later: “Football isn’t just about controlling the ball, it’s defense and counter-attack too.” 

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